COMPUTING

Mark Zuckerberg hired a presidential pollster and everyone’s freaking out

Mark Zuckerberg hired a presidential pollster and everyone’s freaking out

For someone who insists he has no interest in running for office, Mark Zuckerberg is really, really good at surrounding himself with top political strategists. The latest: Zuckerberg’s philanthropic foundation, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, has reportedly hired Joel Benenson, who was the chief strategist for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. The hire was first reported by Politico’s Annie Karni,

New global smartphone manufacturer rankings show Xiaomi re-entering top five

New global smartphone manufacturer rankings show Xiaomi re-entering top five

Research firm Strategy Analytics today released its latest global smartphone manufacturer rankings, and there’s been some notable movement on the list. In Q2 2017, Samsung and Apple held the top one and two spots, respectively, with both companies increasing shipment numbers year-over-year but slipping slightly when it comes to marketshare percentage. Samsung finished the quarter with


From a Galaxy S7 Edge to an iPhone SE

From a Galaxy S7 Edge to an iPhone SE

I find it fascinating how trends have changed in the mobile industry over the past 15 years. I still remember when cell phones were just becoming a “common” gadget for people to have – when flip phones were the coolest thing on the market – and having a small cell phone was an important factor

For Firefox, Out With The Old Add-On System And In With The New ‘WebExtensions’

For Firefox, Out With The Old Add-On System And In With The New ‘WebExtensions’

Deprecating The Old Add-On Model Two years ago, Mozilla announced that it would begin to deprecate its old “add-on” model for advanced Firefox extensions. The decision wasn’t easy, because the add-on model is what made Firefox popular and helped it capture significant market share from Internet Explorer. It also made the browser more useful to


Samsung Has Three New Curved Q-Dot HDR Gaming Displays Available For Pre-Order

Samsung Has Three New Curved Q-Dot HDR Gaming Displays Available For Pre-Order

Samsung released three new High Dynamic Range (HDR) gaming displays featuring quantum-dot technology, fast refresh rates, and high resolutions. Samsung’s trio of displays join a growing market of high-resolution quantum-dot monitors designed for gaming. The Samsung C49HG90, C27HG70, and C32HG70 all feature a speedy 144Hz refresh rate and a 1ms response time, in addition to

Bitfenix’s Enso PC Case Blushes in RGB

Bitfenix’s Enso PC Case Blushes in RGB

During Computex, Bitfenix demonstrated its latest case, the Enso, due later this year for the reasonable price of $80, and featuring tempered glass, new RGB lighting options, and some conveniently placed dust filters. It’s a solid, affordable case that ticks off all the “keeping up with the Joneses” boxes, save for a USB 3.1 Type-C


Strapping On The MSI VR One Backpack PC

Strapping On The MSI VR One Backpack PC

MSI gave us a chance to try out the latest version of its VR One backpack PC at Computex. So we strapped in, grabbed a big gun, and entered Dead Prison 2. Specifications The new VR One features an unlocked Intel Core i7-7820HK processor on an Intel HM175 chipset motherboard. It can be equipped with up to 32GB

Microsoft Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16215 Is A Doozy

Microsoft Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16215 Is A Doozy

After it accidentally released internal builds of Windows 10 to the public last week, Microsoft got its Windows Insider Program back on track with the release of Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16215 for PC and Preview Build 15222 for mobile devices. Preview Build 16215 continues the trend of introducing new features instead of focusing mostly on


Flash Industry Trends Could Lead Users Back to Spinning Disks

Flash Industry Trends Could Lead Users Back to Spinning Disks

If you already own an SSD produced in the last five years, you may want to hold onto it. Next generation products will shoot for the moon on paper but fall well short of leaving the atmosphere. For the last decade we’ve watched the technology progress, but at the same time, meaningful growth has slowed

Get ‘DiRT’-y With Nvidia’s GeForce Game Ready 382.53 WHQL Driver

Get ‘DiRT’-y With Nvidia’s GeForce Game Ready 382.53 WHQL Driver

Nvidia released the new Nvidia Game Ready driver for DiRT 4 and Nex Machina. If you own an Nvidia GPU and plan to play either of the aforementioned games, you might want to update to the GeForce Game Ready 382.53 WHQL driver. In addition to providing the “optimal gaming experience” for the aforementioned games, this driver also adds